Well, I guess my monthly approach failed like most folks’ year-long resolution approach. Life has gotten a little hectic around here, and I’ve forgotten to make myself a priority. I still found time to veg out on tv while stalking my friends on Facebook, but I didn’t blog or work out.
However, I haven’t forgotten about my resolution to quit shopping so much. In fact, I did a little reading on overshopping. In my research, I figured out that I’m not an overshopper, or at least I’m not addicted to overshopping. I definitely use it as a band aid for boredom, loneliness, and feelings of inadequacy. All those things have the potential to become an addiction, but I don’t think I’m there yet. I’m going to resolve to be more mindful of my attitudes and feelings while I’m shopping, but I don’t think it’s 12-step program worthy.
Over the next few months, I’m going to focus on approaching my life with an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude. I’ve been blessed with so much, and my life would be much fuller if I find a way to be mindful of this. I don’t need to add anything to it. I need to spend my time giving thanks and not by spending time wanting.
In The Happyness Project, Rubin tells how she transformed time spent on mundane tasks, like waiting for the bus, into time spent on gratitude mediation. I’m going to try this while I’m lying with Cecilia in bed trying to get her to sleep at night or naptime. I’m also going to express more gratitude towards friends and family members. I don’t do this enough even though I feel it. I’m pretty sure it will only strengthen the already strong bonds. I’m also going to try to project a positive attitude. This is an area I struggle with. My default is to be sarcastic and critical. That doesn’t reflect the happiness and gratitude that I feel. It’s going to be hard, much harder than cutting back on my shopping, but it’s something I need to do.
I’d love to hear any advice that you guys have to offer. How do you give thanks? Do you have a grateful heart? What’s your secret?
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